Microsoft to Finally Kill IE6
Designers and developers responsible for maintaining IE6 support can come out from under their desks. Microsoft is about to kill off its notoriously difficult browser with automatic upgrades for Windows users.
As Gizmodo puts it, ” [T]hat’s a good thing—the web needs to get rid of this crap.”:
Right now [IE6] usage is at 8.3 percent, which means that millions of users out there are using obsolete technology. Microsoft has decided to kill it fast: starting next month, they will upgrade Windows users automatically to the latest version of Internet Explorer supported by the computers. This, Microsoft says, will put the usage down to less than 1 percent.
Image: IE6 usage by country as of November 30, 2011, via Net Applications.
I am way too happy about this.